This is the latest upgrade of the original Satmap Active 10 GPS receiver, which I’ve been a big fan of for many years. The Active 12 takes all the great features of the Active 10, such as the large screen, big buttons and easy-to-use interface; then adds an improved high-resolution screen, barometric altimeter and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The Active 12, however, has orange buttons, which distinguishes it from the black-buttoned Active 10.
There are also high-resolution OS maps available for Great Britain and Germany. To get that mapping does require extra cost, though; so a Satmap Active 12 with, for example, high resolution Great Britain 1 :50k Ordnance Survey mapping will set you back £450. When faced with a Scottish white-out or a yomp over moorland in the fog, the Active 12 is now my navigational tool of choice when I don’t want to count paces and use a magnetic compass.
Verdict: My favourite GPS receiver just got a whole lot better.